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***Phone Home, Persephone!

Myth-O-Mania, Book Two

by Kate McMullan

Reviewed April 22, 2005.
Scholastic, New York, 2002.  150 pages.

The Myth-O-Mania series by Kate McMullan seems to be a great choice for fifth grade boys who are interested in mythology.  My own son loved these books, and now my friend’s son, who wasn’t very interested in reading, has been eating them up.

Phone Home, Persephone! purports to tell the true story behind the Greek myth of Persephone—as told by Hades.  According to Hades, Zeus is a big liar who spread the story that he kidnapped Persephone and carried her away to the Underworld.  Persephone, the goddess of Spring, was just trying to get away from her overbearing mother and had fallen for Hades.  Hades was minding his own business, trying to get rid of Persephone, until Cupid meddled in his affairs.

These stories are funny, entertaining, educational, and show you how a story can look very different when told from someone else’s perspective.

Reviews of other books by Kate McMullan:
Have a Hot Time, Hades!  (Myth-O-Mania, Book One)
Say Cheese, Medusa!  (Myth-O-Mania, Book Three)
Nice Shot, Cupid!  (Myth-O-Mania, Book Four)

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